Pig Business Facts



EU environmental legislation is extremely stringent and applies to all producers operating within the UK and European Union. As part of the European Commission’s Rural Development Policy 2007-2013, by 2013 European pork producers across all member states must achieve common standards in areas including animal welfare and environmental protection.

Within Poland, the Environmental Protection Act 2001, Waste Act 2001, Water Act 2001 and The Act on Urban Water Supply and Wastewater Treatment 2001 all ensure that companies adhere to strict environmental standards. Facilities are regularly assessed by government bodies to ensure these standards are being maintained. In addition permits must be obtained for waste disposal and mortality management.

In addition, the Geneva-based International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) promotes the development and implementation of voluntary international standards for environmental systems which can be applied throughout the entire worldwide meat industry.

The Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) legislation set by the European Union surrounds environmental management amongst large producers in many industries including farming and food processing.   ISO 14001:2004 is the international gold standard for environmental management. If a facility reaches ISO certification, it means the facility has implemented state of the art environmental management systems (EMS) that include formalised practices to protect the environment.

The voluntary standards put in place must meet a comprehensive set of requirements and criteria developed worldwide and have been accredited by a third party.


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